by Mark Salzman
Quickie recap: Mark "volunteers" to "teach" writing at a facility for youth offenders, most of whom are being tried as adults for murder. He is surprised 2 ways, first that he can come not just to sympathize with, but actually like the kids he teaches, and second that they really can write.
Quickie review: Some of the writing is truly astonishing, but it's the relationships that prove to be most eye-opening.
Quickie recommendation: It deserves to be read.